Mens’ pockets have always held a wide assortment of useful items. In the early 1900’s it would have been commonplace for Tavistock men to have in their pocket a Commercial Hotel key fob. Perhaps the key fob had a myriad of other uses.
John Landreth bought the Commercial Hotel in 1898 for $13,500. You can find a picture of it in the Lemp Studio Collection section of this website -- grid format. Just search for Commercial Hotel. In its heydey the hotel had 43 bedrooms and a dining room that sat 50 guests. Located on Tavistock’s five corners (northwest) the Commercial Hotel was a short walk from the train station.